The Scottish Government has introduced a new £10m grant fund to support tenants who have rent arrears, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund aims to prevent homelessness and sustain tenancies, by providing one-off payments towards rent arrears.
Payments are being administered by local authorities, and Falkirk Council have received funding, which is available until 31 March 2022. To allow time for all applications to be assessed, we will only accept applications until 28 February 2022.
Who can apply?
The fund is available to:
- Council tenants
- Housing association tenants
- Private landlord tenants (subject to the landlord being fully registered)
Applications can be made by the tenant, landlord or a third party. When assessing the application, we will ask for information from both tenants and landlords.
Who qualifies for the grant?
The eligibility criteria is flexible, but the following criteria must apply:
- The grants are limited to helping with rent arrears built up between 23 March 2020 to 09 August 2021, to a maximum of twelve months in this period
- The payment will be a one-off, and may cover all or part of the arrears, depending on individual circumstances
- The tenant may be at risk of becoming homeless
- Private Landlords must be registered with the Scottish Landlord Register
- The landlord must have complied with pre-action requirements (further information on this is available for private landlords and social landlords).
- Any payment made will be directly to the landlord, with the agreement that any proceedings to end the tenancy will cease
We will ask for evidence of your rent payments and arrears, proof of your tenancy for private tenants, and evidence of how the Covid-19 pandemic affected paying your rent.
How do I apply?
Applications to the Tenant Grant Fund closed on 28 February 2022.
If you have any queries about the Fund, or want to submit supporting evidence by email for an existing application, you can do this by contacting: